President Biden will pledge $4 billion to deliver coronavirus vaccines to poor nations in a call with world leaders on Friday, a move administration officials said will protect the public from the threat of new variants.
COVAX, an initiative led by the World Health Organization and the Gavi vaccine alliance, aims to deliver 1.8 billion doses to poorer countries in 2021.
Biden prioritized joining the global initiative after the Trump administration refused, citing the role of “the corrupt World Health Organization and China.”
Also on Friday, Biden will address America’s role in tackling the pandemic when he joins a virtual summit of G-7 leaders, marking his first major multilateral meeting.
A senior administration official told reporters the pledge would not affect efforts to vaccinate people at home.
“This is a very separate initiative. That said, we do think it is vital to take a role in beating